Eli Roth’s “THE GREEN INFERNO” Release Scrapped; Future Unsure
By now, horror fans are familiar with the release date shuffle that comes so naturally to the genre. While some films seem perpetually in flux or destined for a quiet VOD release, others are shelved at the last moment to take advantage of a more realized marketing push. However, in some rare cases a genre film hits that grey area between both reasons, baffling press, fans and executives alike.
According to Deadline, that might just be the case for Eli Roth’s first directorial effort in seven years, THE GREEN INFERNO. The hard-R cannibal flick, which was previously slated for a wide theatrical release on September 5th, has unexpectedly been pulled from Open Road’s release slate following financier Worldview Entertainment’s withdrawal of the film’s Publicity & Advertising budget. Deadline reports that behind-the-scenes talks are underway to determine the film’s future, whether it be a later theatrical release or possibly the limited release-plus-VOD plan which may be more viable.
From what can be seen, the shelving is not indicative of the film’s quality per se, but rather a matter of reassessing the costly deals made by Worldview ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow in the wake of his abrupt and unexplained departure from the company. In fact, THE GREEN INFERNO has received generally positive reviews for Roth, including from Fango’s Phil Brown.
Roth, who is currently on post-production on his next feature KNOCK KNOCK, has already taken to Twitter to address fans regarding the postponement. In fact, with the impending release of both the Roth-produced THE SACRAMENT and the Scream Factory Blu-ray of HEMLOCK GROVE, Open Road may be costing themselves free peripheral marketing. As of now, the fate of the film is unsure, but with a rating and pre-release buzz already secured, there’s little doubt that Open Road’s gory gamble will be available to horror fans sooner rather than later.